Comedians help us through dark times and bring laughs when it seems like a smile is hard to come by. Comedy itself can act as an escape for us all, from the unhinged madness that is our country in its current state. Comedians are also some of the smartest people around. Along with having to deal with the daily sadness and heartbreak – just like us all – they have to create laughs. They have to do their job. That task alone seems like an extremely hard mindset to continually have to live in. They also have to give their energy daily, on stage or in the writers room or running a TV show. This isn’t about the stand up’s struggle. People all over the world are struggling in ways we can’t imagine. This is about how comedians help us fight that struggle and an appreciation for it.
Comics are leading the way in the standing up for what’s right, standing up for truth, and fighting the many battles every day that need to be fought. With social media platforms, comedians have become activists. They use their wide audience to share ways to help, donate, get involved, and show us we can all be stand ups, even if we aren’t comedians.
This list could include many more names. This is just a sample plate to get you going. In no particular order are 8 comedians who have a large audience, work non-stop, and still find a way to be leading activists every day. They use the words we are all trying to put together in our mind when we are often left speechless. To get all the goodness, follow them on IG and Twitter. Get inspired, get involved, find your way of activism, and of course, don’t forget to laugh.
News stories from 300 years in the future:
1. Mars colony self-sustainable
2. Robot understands love
3. Senate to vote on Repeal & Replace
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 25, 2017
Don't talk about climate change when there's a hurricane.
Don't talk about gun control after a shooting.
So when do we talk about them?
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 9, 2017
If only we had some sort of sign that climate change was real.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 8, 2017
NYC! Next week is the annual @ppnycaction votes benefit show!! Join me, @christichiello @yoyofirestone Janeane Garafalo, @joshgondelman @yamaneika @noredavis @whoisrebeccavigil & DJ @zephyr_ann as we support Planned Parenthood NYC Votes who works to ensure that individuals elected to city and state office represent the voters and the communities Planned Parenthood serves & hold elected officials accountable for their positions on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Tix at littlefieldnyc.com #standupwithpp #reproductiverights
This dude just told people in Puerto Rico that Katrina was a "real tragedy" because more people died. I can't. pic.twitter.com/4aBlF2feMB
— Travon Free (@Travon) October 3, 2017
To speed this up a bit:
Thoughts and prayers
No gun restrictions
arm more people
Now back to tax reform#LasVegas
— Travon Free (@Travon) October 2, 2017
I agree with Kim Jong Un. That's where we are now. pic.twitter.com/VM2HhxyHAg
— Travon Free (@Travon) September 21, 2017
another quick, easy way to not disrespect the flag is to help an entire island in crisis rather than reminding ppl to stand for the anthem
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) September 30, 2017
It's official. Weather is no longer small talk.
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) September 8, 2017
can't wait for the all-female reboot of healthcare
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) September 1, 2017
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